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IBM and Hortonworks Expand Partnership for Better Analytics

IBM and Hortonworks are expanding their partnership to extend data science and machine learning to more developers and across the Apache Hadoop ecosystem.

The Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) will be combined with the IBM Data Science Experience and IBM Big SQL for new, integrated solutions designed to help users better analyze and manage data for better decision making. 

The partnership will provide an integrated and open data science and machine learning platform to enable teams to collaborate and operationalize data science, said Rob Thomas, general manager, IBM Analytics. By using advanced machine learning and deep learning capabilities, the combination of Hortonworks Data Platform with IBM's Data Science Experience and the IBM Machine Learning platform can help clients achieve improved analytic results faster and at scale.

Hortonworks will resell the IBM Data Science Experience with HDP, a Hadoop distribution, and adopt it as its strategic data science platform. Hortonworks and IBM will also create new solution bundles that integrate HDP with IBM Big SQL, IBM’s SQL engine for Hadoop, giving Hortonworks’ clients and users a familiar method of managing their data.

IBM is adopting HDP for its Hadoop distribution and will integrate it with its Data Science Experience and Machine Learning. As a result, this solution will combine for users the rich data security, governance and operations functionality provided by HDP, and the advanced analytics and management of the Data Science Experience. IBM will migrate existing IBM BigInsights users to HDP.

In addition to the companies’ product collaborations, IBM and Hortonworks are also founding members of the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi). Launched in February 2015, ODPi is comprised of industry leaders working collaboratively to define and promote a set of standard open source technologies and increase compatibility among big data platforms.

As part of their partnership, the companies will also work to advance the development of Unified Governance (IBM BigIntegrate, IBM BigQuality and IBM Information Governance Catalog) on the Apache Atlas open platform. Atlas provides a scalable governance platform for Enterprise Hadoop which is designed to help developers model new business processes and data assets quickly and easily. Through their work, both companies plan to help advance Atlas from its current Incubator status to Apache Top Level Project status, where projects are typically released for open development and deployment.

The companies will also partner on the advancement of Apache Spark, the open source framework for processing and analyzing large datasets across clustered environments. The companies will also collaborate to advance the Apache Hadoop framework itself, working to unify access to multi-vendor, heterogeneous data environments across data warehouses and databases.

For more information, go to www.hortonworks.com and www.ibm.com/analytics.

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